Grain and oilseed supply chain company CHS Broadbent is planning to develop a new 80,000 tonne bulk grain export terminal in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

The new export terminal would add more competition and provide more opportunities for growers to connect directly to the export market, the company said on 27 November.

Featuring road and rail unloading facilities, the company said it expected construction on the 5ha site to begin next year.

“The terminal will be designed with an annual export capacity of 1.5M tonnes. In an average year we project we will export around 1M tonnes which equates to approximately 13 turns/year,” CHS Broadbent managing director Steve Broadbent said.

CHS Broadbent owns and operates bulk grain and oilseed storage, container packing and grain freight operations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

The company is 50% owned by the Broadbent family, with the remaining percentage owned by global agribusiness CHS Inc, which is owned by farmers, ranchers and co-operatives across the USA.

According to its website, CHS Broadbent operates storage and handling facilities at Lakaput and Lake Bolac in the Western District of Victoria, Jondaryan in Southern Queensland and Moree in northern New South Wales.

In partnership with CHS, the company handles and exports barley, canola, oats, pulses, sorghum and wheat.

In 2019, CHS Broadbent joined the Central Office for Sustainable Canola, to ensure farmers delivering their canola to its storage and handling facilities could deliver canola seed to international markets, including the European Union biodiesel industry.